YK MYK POLICY PROPOSAL FOR EMPLOYMENT GENERATION, SCALE-UP IN MSMES BUSINESS Rs. 3 KOLKATA SUNDAY, 24 JAN, 2021 PG-12, YEAR— 7, ISSUE—248 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) WEATHER TODAY MAX 27 C MIN 12 C BIDEN ADMIN TO REVIEW US-AFGHAN TALIBAN AGREEMENT WORLD Morning India ‘Jai Shree Ram’ slogans anger Mamata at Netaji event CM refuses to deliver her speech; says Government dignity compromised SUPROTIM MUKHERJEE Sky will be clear. AT A GLANCE US TALK SHOW LEGEND LARRY KING PASSES AWAY WASHINGTON: American award-winning TV and radio host Larry King, who became a household name after hosting CNN's insanely popular show 'Larry King Live', passed away on Saturday at the age of 87 after enduring a battle with the COVID-19 for weeks. The beloved host died on Saturday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, reported Fox News. The news of Larry's demise was confirmed by a statement posted online by his company, Ora Media on the late star's official Twitter handle. The statement read, "With profound sadness, Ora Media announces the death of our co-founder, host, and friend Larry King, who passed away this morning at age 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles." SHAH LAUNCHES AYUSHMAN CAPF SCHEME FOR CENTRAL FORCE PERSONNEL GUWAHATI: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday launched the 'Ayushman CAPF' plan, extending the healthcare benefits of the Central health insurance scheme to the seven Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and their dependents. MORE ON PAGE 4 CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 1,06,40,546 TOTAL DEATH: 153,221 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 98,845,024 TOTAL DEATH: 2,118,625 KOLKATA: With Bengal already in poll-mode, it was just a question of time before the simmering tension between the two camps, personified by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, took a toll on the 125th Birth Anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. It was an explosion waiting to happen, especially since the PM had declared that the day would be observed as Parakram Divas, while and Mamata Banerjee had branded it Deshnayak Divas. Mamata’s choice of name was favoured by none less than Netaji’s daughter Anita Bose Pfaff and niece Roma Roy, especially since it was another national icon Rabindranath Tagore who had bestowed the title on Netaji. The explosion came at the most majestic locale in Kolkata – the iconic Victoria Memorial erected by the British which was decked up to honour the memory of its greatest enemy. The event was presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As soon as Mamata Banerjee was invited to speak, cries of Jai Shree Ram rent the air from a section of Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to supporters in front of Netaji's house in Kolkata on Saturday. The PM made an unscheduled stop to take a tour of the museum and premises. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee blows a conch shell to signal the start of the Deshnayak Divas march at Shyambazar crossing in Kolkata on Saturday. the audience. An infuriated Mamata said: "Government programme should have some dignity" and it "is not fair to insult somebody whom you have invited". In her brief remarks, a visibly upset Mamata Banerjee said it was a Government programme and not that of a political party. Banerjee also said that she was grateful to the Prime Minister and Cultural Ministry for organising the event at Kolkata. "I think the Government programme should have some dignity. This is a Government programme and Netaji Would Have Been Proud to See India Helping Other Nations With Vaccines, Says PM Modi KOLKATA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was in Kolkata to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Subhash Chandra Bose, on Saturday said that Netaji would have been immensely proud to see how India has become self-reliant and is also helping other nations by exporting coronavirus vaccines to them. Addressing a gathering at Kolkata's Victoria Memorial, Modi said, "No one can stop India from being Atmanirbhar. Netaji would have been proud to see how India is helping other nations by providing them vaccines." The Prime Minister also said that from now onwards the birth anniversary of Subhash Chandra Bose, popularly known as Netaji, would be celebrated as 'Parakram Divas' every year. "Every year we will celebrate Netaji's birth anniversary as 'Parakram Diwas'. Netaji is an inspiration for India's courage," he said. Highlighting the contributions made by the Indian freedom fighter for the country, Modi said, "Netaji gave a new direction to idea of free India. I bow down to the land that made Netaji. Netaji inspires everyone in the country. It is our duty to keep remembering his sacrifice and contribution to India." THE PRIME MINISTER ALSO SAID THAT FROM NOW ONWARDS THE BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF SUBHASH CHANDRA BOSE, POPULARLY KNOWN AS NETAJI, WOULD BE CELEBRATED AS 'PARAKRAM DIVAS' EVERY YEAR. Meanwhile, Modi also made a veiled attack on China and Pakistan by saying, "From LAC to LOC, the world is witnessing the powerful avatar of India that was once envisioned by Netaji. India today is giving a befitting reply wherever attempts are made to challenge its sovereignty." The Prime Minister also mentioned how Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose made efforts to empower women. "When the world was discussing basic rights of women, Netaji formed the Rani Jhansi regiment and connected them to the freedom struggle. He trained them and instilled in them a passion for the country and fighting for it," he said. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar were also present at the event. Banerjee, however, refused to speak at the event as she felt 'insulted' after a section of audience raised ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans at Victoria Memorial Hall. not a political party's programme. I am grateful to the Prime Minister, Culture Ministry for organizing an event in Kolkata. But this is not fair to insult someone whom you have invited. In protest, I am not going to speak anything. Jai Hind, Jai Bangla," she said, before walking back to her chair. Through all the brouhaha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sat on impassively. Political parties immediately latched on to this controversy. While TMC spokesman Derek O’Brien criticized the BJP supporters for uncivil behavior, CPM leaders Md. Salim and Sujan Chakraborty, Congress Party leader Pradip Bhattacharya too came down heavily on the BJP supporters for “insulting the memory of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose”. It was a busy day for Prime Minister Narendra Modi who reached Kolkata in the afternoon after a whirlwind visit to Assam. After reaching Kolkata, he first visited the National Library in Kolkata and interacted with artists and delegates of the library. He also made an unofficial and unscheduled visit to Netaji’s residence on Elgin Road which houses the Netaji Research Bureau. He was given a tour of the iconic premises and museum by Sugato and Sumantra Bose, Netaji’s grand-nephews who helm the Netaji Research Bureau. He later reached Victoria Memorial, where the Parakram Diwas celebrations were organised. PM Modi was accompanied by West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Babul Supriyo, Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Prahlad Singh Patel. Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Ministry of Culture and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Ministry of Tourism. The Prime Minister also participated in an 'interactive exhibition' organised in Victoria Memorial depicting 125 most important events of Netaji's life. The exhibition will continue for next two years and is titled 'Nirbheek Subhas'. PM Modi later greeted the people gathered to participate in the cultural programme organised at Victoria Memorial on the occasion of 'Parakram Diwas'. He also met the family members of the Indian Army founder. Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi lauds CM MI NEWS SERVICE RANCHI: Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi has praised the state government for saving six Adivasi girl children of West Singhbhum district from being trafficked. In a telephonic conversation with CM Hemant Soren, the Nobel laureate urged the former to turn Jharkhand into the first child-friendly state of the country. The CM said that Jharkhand is facing the curse of child trafficking for many years. His government aims to secure a better and bright future for the children, he added. Soren informed Satyarthi that the government is strengthening the system for ending the child trafficking problem, adding every section of society should come forward and contribute in this regard. Notably, six girl children of West Singhbhum were saved when they were being taken outside the state by the human traffickers. They were rescued as part of the drive underway in the state on the direction of CM. INDIA, CHINA TO HOLD 9TH ROUND OF TALKS SOON NEW DELHI: Indian and Chinese militaries will hold a ninth round of talks aimed at resolving the border disputes in Eastern Ladakh after a deadlock prevailed since the last negotiations in November 2020, sources said. The latest "Corps Commander level meet is likely to take place in the next few days, probably in a day or two", the sources, adding contours of the dialogue were being worked out and some changes are expected. A Ministry of External Affairs representative is likely to be part of the dialogue. The eight round had taken place on November 6, 2020. Though the talks ended in a deadlock, both countries agreed to maintain dialogue and communication through military and diplomatic channels, and also to take forward the discussions, push for the settlement of other outstanding issues, so as to jointly maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas. Earlier this month, Indian Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane had said that the force is ready for a long haul along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), while hoping for an amicable solution in its nine-month-long conflict with the Chinese People's Liberation Army.